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Homeschooling through high school is allowing us greater flexibility in subjects and order for meeting high school requirements. English 1 was a massive and in-depth poetry study. English 2: Essentials In Writing is heavily focussed on grammar, vocabulary development, and the actual writing process (not quite finished).  English 3: Media Literacy is finally finished.  Here are our resources:

Online Programs:

  • Calling Bullshit (online course) by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West at the University of Washington (University of Washington undergraduate required course now offered as a MOOC, online lectures, tools, case studies, and articles)
  • Which Face Is Real by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom at the University of Washington (online tool and research study)
  • Decoding Media Bias by PBS Newshour (online lesson plan, Mediaocracy video, and resources)
  • How to Spot Media Bias by All Sides (online resources, downloadable resources, and charts)
  • Media Literacy by Media Education Lab (curriculum developed for Maryland State Department of Education and Discovery Communications, Inc. with online resources and downloadable resources)
  • Teen Literacies Toolkit by the Young Adult Library Services Association (reading resources, activities, and lesson plans)
  • Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Fake News Edition by WNYC Studios (recorded radio program, transcript, and list from Merrimack College)

Videos used:

  • How to Recognize Fake News by Film Ideas Inc.
  • Trumping Democracy: Real Money, Fake News, and Your Data by Thomas Huchon
  • The Great Hack by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim
  • Merchants of Cool by PBS Frontline

Books used:

  • Virtually True: Questioning Online Media by Guofang Wan
  • Digital and Information Literacy: Cited! Identifying Credible Information Online by Larry Gerber
  • Alternative Facts, Post-Truth And The Information War by The Reference Shelf
  • The Encyclopedia of Misinformation by Rex Sorgatz
  • Understanding Social Media 2nd Edition by Larissa Hjorth & Sam Hinton
  • Navigating the News: A Political Media User’s Guide by Michael Baranowski
  • Media Literacy: Keys to Interpreting Media Messages by Art Silverblatt, Andrew Smith, Don Miller, Julie Smith, and Nikole Brown
  • Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age by Donald A. Barclay